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Meet the newly elected LCHP officers

Chairperson, Maxine Gross “I grew up and was educated here in Prince George’s County, Maryland beginning at Lakeland Elementary School. I hold an undergraduate degree form the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from Bowie State University. I am committed to LCHP’s mission, to preserve Lakeland’s story in the words of Lakeland’s people.”

Vice Chairperson, George Randall “My homestead is in Lakeland. I am a graduate of Prince George’s County Schools and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.”

Secretary, Mary Corbin Sies is a faculty member in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her scholarship focuses on the history of suburbia in the U.S., community studies, and the history of the built environment. She has been working with LCHP since 2009 and her students have worked collaboratively with Lakeland residents to complete several community engaged projects about Lakeland heritage.

Treasurer, Myron Gray is a member of the Lakeland diaspora. He grew up in Lakeland and now makes his home in North Carolina.


Celebrate Black History with Our Annual Meeting and a Pot Luck Meal

annual meeting posterPlease come to the Annual Meeting of Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 PM in the Lakeland Room of College Park Community Center. We will hold the meeting and celebrate Black History Month with a Pot Luck Dinner.  The community center is located at 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, Maryland 20740. The agenda will include election of the board and officers, a proposed Bylaw change, report of 2018 activities and discussion of the future of LCHP including the Archives. Please be ready to renew your LCHP membership in order to participate in the business meeting.
The proposed Bylaw change is found here.

Food and Music for Saturday Parade and Picnic

This Saturday, September 22 is the Great Lakeland Parade and Picnic. Our parade will feature the Marching Band of Fairmont Heights High School. Stepping of from College Park Community Center at noon the parade will continue on Pierce Avenue take 54th Avenue then travel along Lakeland Road. It will then pass Lakeland Park on Rhode Island Avenue and conclude back at College Park Community Center.

The center of activity on Saturday will be Lakeland Park at the corner of Lakeland Road and Rhode Island Avenue. Not only will that be the site of the parade viewing stand but you will also find great food for sale and live music. Lakeland’s own Chang Band will play. Our vendor will have chicken boxes, hamburgers and hot dogs for purchase.  Buy your meal or bring one along with you. The parade starts at noon. Just come on out, make yourself at home and enjoy.

Sunday Music Program

The Lomax Sisters will be featured guests for our benefit concert on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 PM.  Come join us at Washington Brazilian Seventh Day Adventist Church (Lakeland School Site) at 8108 54th Avenue, College Park, Maryland for an easy afternoon out to benefit Lakeland Community Heritage Project. Also performing that afternoon will be United Praise, J’Nyah Malone, Eleanor Francine Traynham , Angie Taylor-Bass and Abigail Cohen.

The cost is just $10 a person. Help us continue the work of preserving and sharing our heritage. For tickets contact George Randall at 301-655-9153

Introducing our artists:


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The Lomax Sisters are celebrating their 50th year singing together. They started off as young girls in their home church, Queens Chapel United Methodist Church in the Murikirk community of Beltsville.  Their gifts have taken them to recording studios and the Kennedy Center stage.

J’Nyah Malone is reigning International Junior Miss Maryland Junior Teen. She is the granddaughter of  Janet Randall Gillens and great granddaughter of Mrs. Agnes Randall.

Eleanor Francine Traynham has been singing since the tender age of 3 when her Father James (Curtis) Thomas started her off singing at North Brentwood AME Church. Eighty years later she is still going strong.  

Angie Bass  a Lakeland resident and a Seniors on Stage Vocal Showcase winner. She has performed in a variety of venues including numerous churches and community centers.

Abigail Cohen is a member of the Chosen Generation Choir of Embry AME Church in Lakeland. Currently she is in her senior year as a vocal music student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.



Fairmont Heights High School Marching Band is Ready. What about you?

fairmont heightsFor many years Fairmont Height High School served Lakeland residents. In honor of that legacy the Fairmont Heights High School Marching Band will be our special guests at the Great Lakeland Parade on Saturday, September 15,  22 2018. Event Postponed due to expected bad weather.

Stepping off at noon from College Park Community Center the route will continue along Pierce Avenue passing the viewing stand at Lakeland Park. Be there to witness the parade or be in the parade. Come march or ride your special vehicle as part of an organization, group, family or as an individual. Just call Mr. Randall at 301-655-9153 to let us know you are coming.

With the Parade Day Craft Workshop you can get ready and be in the Great Lakeland Parade on Saturday. September 15, 22, 2018. Register HERE for a  casual, hands on crafting time from 8 am to 11:30 and be in the parade stepping off at noon. Help will be provided by representatives of the College Park Arts Exchange.  Ages 3 and up are welcome but children under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can bring along your bicycle, wagon to decorate for use in the parade. The place is College Park Community Center. 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. Remember the parade starts at noon.